When life beats down on you,
When you no longer know what to do
Not to wallow in self-pity
Take a deep breath and pause!
Resist the urge to curl within
And to slam shut your heart’s shutters.
Even though it is tempting
You wouldn’t feel any better.
Summon the help of Gratitude.
She will rush to your rescue
And, with her upbeat attitude,
Will put an end to your curfew.
Her foot she will deftly stick
In the doorjamb of your heart.
The gush of wind of her spirit
Will burst it open with all its might.
All stale feelings of depression
Will be instantly blown away
When you give her your permission
And no longer stand in her way.
She is the full-fledged antidote
To all negative emotions.
She always rises to the top.
Yes, she IS the solution.
You cannot dilute her essence
In the dark waters of despair.
Through her bubbling effervescence
Your state of mind, she will repair.
Whatever your life challenges,
Sprinkle them with Gratitude.
This is your soul’s best defense:
An attitude of Gratitude!
Anyas Spencer, Medford, Oregon, May 24, 2015